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Oregon Dentist Partnership. Rick Volpel Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (503) 229-6753. Partners in Outreach. Oregon Dental Association – ODA Oregon Association of Clean Water Agencies -- ACWA Oregon Department of Environmental Quality -- DEQ. Best Management Practices.

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Oregon dentist partnership

Oregon Dentist Partnership

Rick Volpel

Oregon Department of

Environmental Quality

(503) 229-6753


Partners in outreach

Partners in Outreach

  • Oregon Dental Association – ODA

  • Oregon Association of Clean Water Agencies -- ACWA

  • Oregon Department of Environmental Quality -- DEQ


Best management practices

Best Management Practices

  • Developed in 1998

  • Original focus on silver fixer waste

  • BMPs last updated in 2004

  • Now covers Ag, Hg & Pb wastes

  • Amalgam separators not in BMPs


Role of partners

Role of Partners

  • BMP development

  • Training

  • Outreach

  • Certification

  • Surveys


Additional activities

Additional Activities

  • Participate in Oregon Dental Conference

  • Collection of mercury waste at dental conference

  • Oregon tax credit for pollution control equipment


Mercury waste collection

Mercury Waste Collection

  • Held at 2004 and 2005 Oregon dental conferences

  • 600 pounds mercury-containing dental waste during the conferences

  • DEQ and ACWA provided funding for waste collection


Waste collected

Waste Collected


Pollution control tax credit

Pollution Control Tax Credit

  • Developed amalgam separator tax credit form

  • Provides up to 35% of installation cost as a tax credit

  • Approved 7 applications to date

  • Tax credit total $8,352


Survey results

Survey Results

  • Clean Water Services

    • 75% of dentists certified as meeting BMPs

  • Portland

    • >85% of dentists certified as meeting BMPs

  • DEQ

    • Random visits show compliance to BMPs


What s next

What’s Next

  • Increase number of cities/counties surveyed

  • Address TMDL concerns

  • Continue with surveys/certification

  • Gather separator information


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